2015 EPS Conference



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Race, Class, and Inequality in American Education: Placing the Local in Context

12th Annual Educational Policy Studies Conference
April 9-10, 2015



This event is free and open to the public thanks to the generous support of our conference co-sponsors, but advance registration is strongly recommended. Please register at: eps2015.eventbrite.com

*Please note that this year's EPS Conference will be held in multiple locations.  

Our Thursday evening session will be held in the Wisconsin Idea Room of the Education Building (1000 Bascom Mall).

Our Friday morning and afternoon sessions will be held in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union (800 Langdon Street).  

Our Friday evening closing address and reception will be held at the UW South Madison Partnership (2312 South Park Street). Shuttles will be available to take registered guests from the Memorial Union to the UW South Madison Partnership between 3:30-4:15 PM on Friday, April 10.

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Day One: Thursday, April 9, 2015

Education building, wisconsin idea room (Room 159)

​4:00-5:30 PM: Welcome and Keynote Address

Welcome: Stacey Lee, Professor and Chair of Educational Policy Studies

  • Keynote: "Inequality Reconsidered: Race, Education, and Justice"
    • R. L'Heureux Lewis-McCoy, Associate Professor of Sociology and Black Studies at City College of New York
  • Response
    • Karl Alexander, Research Professor of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University

Day Two: Friday, April 10, 2015

Memorial union, great hall (4th floor)

8:30-9:00 AM: Coffee and Continental Breakfast

9:00-11:30 AM: (Re)Framing the Discourse on Racial and Economic Disparities in Student Achievement

Welcome: Dean Julie Underwood, School of Education

Conference Overview and Introductions: Linn Posey-Maddox, Assistant Professor of Educational Policy Studies

  • Erica Nelson and Torry Winn, co-authors of the 'Race to Equity Report'
  • Karen Menendez Coller, Executive Director of Centro Hispano of Dane County
  • Decoteau Irby, Assistant Professor of Administrative Leadership at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • John Diamond, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis

​Response/Concluding Remarks: Adam Nelson, Professor of Educational Policy Studies

11:45 AM-1:00 PM: Graduate Student Presentations ​(Education Building, Rooms 290, 291, 299, 298)

1:10-3:30 PM: Possibilities for Change- Spotlighting Local Practices (Memorial Union, Great Hall)

Welcome: Lesley Bartlett, Associate Professor of Educational Policy Studies

  • Aydin Bal, Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education
  • Tony Dugas, Principal of O'Keefe Middle School, Madison Metropolitan School District
  • Ananda Mirilli, Restorative Justice Director at the YWCA Madison
  • Sara Goldrick-Rab, Professor of Educational Policy Studies and Founding Director of The Wisconsin HOPE Lab
  • Everett Mitchell, Director of Community Relations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Response/Concluding Remarks: Michael Apple, Professor Educational Policy Studies and Curriculum & Instruction

3:30-4:15 PM: Shuttles available to UW South Madison Partnership
​(Shuttles will pick registered passengers up at the end of Park Street, outside the Memorial Union)

4:15-5:00 PM: Reception at UW South Madison Partnership, 2312 South Park Street

5:00-6:00 PM: Closing Speaker (Urban League, 2222 S. Park St., across the parking lot from the UW South Madison Partnership)

Introduction of Speaker: Bianca Baldridge, Assistant Professor of Educational Policy Studies

  • "Troubling Our Research: Moving Towards Struggle, Community Accountability, and Justice" 
    • David Stovall, Associate Professor of Educational Policy Studies & African American Studies at the University of Illinois-Chicago

Conference Co-Sponsors

  • Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN)
  • Morgridge Center for Public Service
  • Partner Schools Network (PSN)
  • The Network
  • UW School of Education Qualitative Research Methods Minor Committee
  • The Wisconsin HOPE Lab
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